“Maiden” is the final EP in Jordan Reyne’s “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” trilogy and is out this week – you can listen to the EP here.
Described by New Zealand’s National Radio as the pioneer of a new sound, Jordan’s music is a blend of Celtic rock, steam-era machine noise, and Grimms’ fairytale-esque lyrics. Imagine PJ Harvey trapped in the workhouses of Industrial Revolution era England, with only Nine Inch Nails for company.
Now resident in the UK, Reyne Jordan’s wide appeal and uncategorisable style has led to supports for bands as diverse as Karl Bartos (of Kraftwerk), Laibach, Feilds of the Nephilim, New Model Army, White Zombie and the Eden House.
Over the weekend just past, Jordan played the Whitby Gothic Weekend, alongside acts such as Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Andi Sex Gang, The Damned, and Doctor And The Medics. Previous WGW headliners include Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel, Dead Eyes Opened, Alien Sex Fiend, Clan Of Xymox, Toyah, New Model Army, Heaven 17, Visage, and Hugh Cornwell.
Prior to WGW, Jordan had just completed a European tour – which included support slots with Laibach – to celebrate the completion of the Maiden, Mother, Crone trilogy – a year-long project of a trilogy of EPs. As part of the tour, Jordan posted short audio interviews after each show; here is episode one: with outstanding looper and musician Mark Howden. It’s worth following her fantastic blog too, which gives some historical insight into each city she plays in.
She has also just been booked to play Wave-Gotik-Treffen, the biggest Gothic festival in Europe, which runs from May 22 – 25 in Leipzig, Germany.
The “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” trilogy explores female archetypes – both in mythology, and how they affect women in the real world. The Maiden is an emergent character – she is only allowed to “be” in a context of innocence and naivity. Her battle is to become her true self, in the face of potentially negative judgements of what are considered transgressions from the archetype (naivity, innocence, nascent sexuality).
A video has been released for ‘Birth Ritual’, the first track from the EP trilogy “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” – it’s a tale about the rituals surrounding the gender construct – how we learn to perform the dances required of us based on our physicality at birth.